29 October 2012

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meetings with Cabinet Ministers of the Republic of Korea

The Secretary-General had a series of meetings with the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Minister of Gender Equality and Family of the Republic of Korea (ROK) today.

In his meeting with the Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Kim Hwang-Sik, the Secretary-General expressed his deep appreciation of the ROK’s support to the United Nations and its active participation and leadership on many global matters. They discussed ways to further strengthen the country’s contributions to sustainable development and energy, women's and children's health, education, women and gender topics as well as peacekeeping operations.

The Secretary-General and Prime Minister also exchanged views on the situation in Syria and Northeast Asia. On the latter, the Secretary-General underscored the importance of engagement, dialogue and negotiation in resolving outstanding matters. They discussed the ROK's forthcoming 2013-2014 non-permanent membership of the Security Council.

In their meeting the Foreign Minister, H.E. Mr. Kim Sung-hwan, and the Secretary-General discussed the growing UN-ROK partnership in key areas of the UN's work. They exchanged views on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda; the Minister is a member of the Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on this matter. They also discussed the ROK's forthcoming non-permanent membership of the Security Council and hosting of the Green Climate Fund secretariat in the ROK.

In his meeting with H.E. Ms. Kim Kum-lae, the Minister of Gender Equality and Family, the Secretary-General thanked the ROK for its strong support for UN Women and encouraged it to continue and boost its contribution.